Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has called on the club’s ‘clearly unhappy’ stars to deal with their respective situations before causing dressing-room disruption.
The German claims that a problem with English football is experienced by other teams as well as the Red Devils, and is something he has to tackle on a regular basis.
Spirits were low at Old Trafford on Monday after Wolves ran out convincing 1-0 winners.
Luke Shaw gave a sombre rundown of events after the full-time whistle, claiming that United did not feel like a unit on the pitch.
Ralf Rangnick has failed to inspire a dramatic turnaround since his November appointment, with players still getting to grips with his ideas.
And the Red Devils will attempt to return to winning ways on Monday evening against Aston Villa in the third round of the FA Cup.
For the sake of unity, Rangnick has called on United’s unhappy stars to deal with the situation professionally.
“When you have a big squad and only 10 can play and three be substituted, you have quite a number of players who don’t play and are not in the squad,” he explained.
“Those players are not happy, it is clear. It is about the players to deal with the situation in a professional way.
“This is not only an issue with a club like Manchester United.
“When you have a big squad, in the last two games, we had most of the players available.
“We had three centre-backs missing against Wolves. In general, we had most of the players available, apart from Paul Pogba.
“Those players are unhappy about the situation, it’s obvious, clear.
“I tend to explain to players every two or three weeks why they are not playing and that is an issue in our team and other clubs.”
United are seemingly open to shifting on surplus stars this January, with a selection linked to moves away.
Anthony Martial is among them, but the club reportedly rejected a loan approach from Sevilla due to a disagreement on wage arrangements.
Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard could also seal moves away from Old Trafford over the coming weeks as the January transfer window begins to take shape.
Thereafter, Rangnick may find team unity a more attainable goal with the Red Devils’ wantaway stars getting regular game time elsewhere.